Let’s make it clear right away that ice cream, just like riding a bicycle, isn’t only for the summer, although that is when we enjoy it the most. Leaving aside the ancient custom of mixing snow with fruit and honey, we know very little about the origins of this sweet and creamy stuff which is now acknowledged as not being just a childish whim but also
a fruitful source of vitamins, proteins and antioxidants, not to mention calcium and folic acid. Nowadays, with flavours ranging from the classics to the unexpected, there are more varieties than you could shake a stick at. A supreme refresher – and here are the best ice-cream-makers in the city.
The taste of tradition. With 28 ice-cream parlours in Cantabria, Asturias and Castilla & León and almost 85 years in business, Regma firmly maintains its commitment to high quality and natural flavours. Which, alongside their generous servings, explains the long queues outside their establishments in the Sardinero and on the Paseo Pereda. Their wonderful stuff is made in Revilla de Camargo. Barely anyone here can honestly say that they’ve never set foot in a Regma store.
Tel: 942 332 800
A longstanding family-run parlour, facing the Jardines de Pereda and the Centro Botín, which offers about forty different flavours of lovingly made ice cream – including sugarless options. Their horchatas (a refreshing tiger-nut drink) and granizados (sorbets) are very popular and can be bought in litres. A well-lit corner shop with a terrace.
Address: Paseo de Pereda, 3
Tel: 942 221 064
Lorenzo, the ice-cream maker, has moved here from Italy to offer us his home-made marvels, using the finest raw materials. Plenty of choice (including ice lollies) and a range of surprising flavours. They also offer coffee and crêpes. A bright corner shop, it is decorated with photographs from the Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, from which it takes its name. Spacious terrace outside, all in red and white.
Address: Paseo de Pereda, 23
Tel: 942 106 194
Via Mazzini 43
Run by a family from northern Italy with more than 25 years’ experience in concocting ice cream, 100% hand-made: more of an art than a craft. The design of their parlour is a bit on the busy side but their ice cream is top-quality and they churn it out on-site with exclusively Italian raw materials.
Address: Peña Herbosa, 31
Tel: 942 941 715
Located on the ground floor of the Casino of the Sardinero, this long-established joint is half ice-cream parlour and half cafeteria, selling the traditional flavours and a few new ones as well. Large terrace, looking out at the sea.
Address: Plaza de Italia, 1
Tel: 942 270 285
Turrón (a nougat-like confection) in winter and turrón in the summertime: a family business with over a hundred years’ experience, two shops in the city centre and a small plant for which making turrón is the very reason for its existence. On top of that, they also make 25 flavours of ice cream, from the classics to the more sophisticated. Their terrace in the Plaza del Cuadro opens at 3:30pm.
Address: Amós de Escalante, 8
Tel: 942 224 805
Supplying and running ice-cream vans has been a family business here for going on 120 years, with the emphasis on excellent raw materials and respect for tradition. They offer a good product which is sold throughout the region. There’s a variety of flavours, available in a wide range of different formats and sizes.
Address: Paseo de Pereda, 34
Tel: 942 217 871